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Hall of Fame Spotlight - William Holleman (2001)


Bill Holleman discovered his passion for soccer while at Campbell College in Buie’s Creek, North Carolina. During his senior year, he made the decision to teach and coach and went on to do just that at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. After coaching nearly 300 games and bringing teams to two state championships, Holleman headed for Georgia. Here he spent 14 years with the Lovett School and Georgia Youth Soccer, coaching four-state high school, five-state club and two regional club championship teams. In all, he coached over 750 games in high school and youth soccer. He is also noted as a founder of the Concorde Youth Soccer Club.

In 1989, Holleman became the Director of Coaching for GSSA. He is also a former President of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

In 1992, Holleman joined with the World Cup 1994 organizing committee. After a stint in Los Angeles, he then took the position of Venue Executive Director in Detroit, where crowds saw the first-ever World Cup games played indoors on natural grass.  Following the World Cup, he took charge as Venue Director of the Birmingham, Alabama Olympic site with his wife Kay assisting. Together, they oversaw Birmingham’s Legion Field achieve the highest average soccer attendance of the Olympics, far outpacing the better-known Washington, Orlando and Miami venues.

Shortly before his induction into the Georgia Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001, he and his wife returned to teaching, both at Shiloh High School.